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October 18, 2013
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Letter: Watching D.C. farce unfold

Watching D.C. farce unfold

I was going to comment on this Obamacare farce, but decided to just sit back and smile as more folks discover how much this free care to going to cost. It’s actually funny, but sad.

A list of unnecessary shutdowns include: treatment for children suffering from cancer and receiving last-chance experimental treatment at National Institute of Health; the closing of the World War II Memorial (and 23 other military cemeteries including the Vietnam Memorial); and even the D-Day Memorial in Normandy has been barricaded.

The National Mall has been closed but open for the “Immigration Reform Now’ rally (which included illegal immigrants). Folks were blocked from even looking at Mount Rushmore. Military commissaries closed throughout the country affecting about 12 million military people. A National Park Service Ranger in D.C. stated “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.” Nice.

The worst? Families of fallen troop members who are denied military death benefits, including the death gratuity (living expenses until survivor benefits kick in) and even the money to cover family expenses so they’re able to meet their loved ones returning home at Dover Air Force Base.

I know Democrats are blaming all this on the Republicans (as usual), but all our leader has to do to stop this stuff is to sign an executive order (he’s signed enough of them). Of course, Camp David and the golf course is still “essential.”

Oh yes, on the day these shutdowns began, $445 million was awarded to PBS (save Big Bird?). The Armed Forces Network has blacked out sports and entertainment for our troops overseas, but for some reason it will still broadcast the news. What? I think what actor James Woods tweeted recently says it all: “Obama: ‘the gift from hell that keeps on giving’.” Article: “Over 93 percent of Environmental Protection Agency employees considered ‘non-essential.’” Finally the truth.

Jim Nikirk

Oakland

Dems refuse to negotiate

Harry Reid refuses to negotiate with House Republicans on Obamacare.

The House sent multiple government funding bills to the Senate that defunded and delayed Obamacare.

America doesn’t want the health care takeover. Yet Harry Reid refuses to negotiate with the House. He’d rather protect Obama’s legacy than protect our country from what Democrats and Republicans call a “train wreck.”

Obama is trying to blame conservatives for the government shutdown. But he and Harry Reid are the ones refusing to negotiate. We can’t let them get away with that. America doesn’t want Obamacare, but Reid and Obama are saying fund Obamacare or nothing at all. We don’t want it, and we certainly can’t afford it.

Kathy Lawson

Roseburg


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